Sometimes a student will be able to solve a maths question, but won’t be able to solve one almost exactly the same. Why is that?
I think it is in part because at school they have been taught how to solve a specific type of question which might come up in an exam. The problem is, if you add a twist or another step to a question, the student is uncertain how to solve it.
This means it is important for a child to learn how to decode and work around a number of similar but different questions.
This makes them more mentally flexible, which I think helps resolve this.
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I can help with Physics Homework, not only in answering questions but also;
Understanding what a question is actually asking for
Making sure the child understand the essential vocabulary for this topic – e.g. velocity, speed, mass, force etc
Any background information the child may have missed in class – e.g. the difference between speed and velocity
Making sure the child can answer another similar but different question which I can make up for them
Ensuring a child knows how to get all the marks for a question, e.g. to identify steps and show all the working out
All of the above will not only enable a child to complete their physics homework but will also help fill any gaps in their understanding. It also means that the child has secured this step and is ready for the next lesson at school.
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